With the 30 days of Ramadan set to begin in just a few weeks, millions of Muslims worldwide are gearing themselves up to spend this time fasting, praying, reflecting, and spending time with their families and loved ones.
For food suppliers, now is the time to stock up on some of the staples of the Ramadan diet, such as rice, lentils, couscous, and chickpeas. As families gather to feast each evening, expenditure on food rises and those suppliers who can offer Ramadan-friendly products will be best positioned to take advantage.
So what are some of the Ramadan staples that you might want to import or export to or from the UK?
There’s no question that dates are at the top of every Ramadan shopping list. Known as one of the Prophet Muhammad’s favourite foods, he is said to have broken his own fasts with dates and camel milk, and so many Muslims choose to follow in his footsteps.
However, not only do dates have a traditional and culturally significant association with Ramadan, but they offer important nutritional benefits and provide a quick source of energy to help replenish the body after a long day of fasting.
Almost everyone observing Ramadan will consume dates at least once during the month (for many, it will be a daily ritual), so there’s no reason not to stock up on them during this special time.
Yoghurts, along with milk and other similar dairy products, are also popular Ramadan staples. Rich in vitamins and minerals that need replenishing after hours without food (including calcium and B vitamins), it’s also an excellent source of protein and healthy fats.
The protein and fats can help people feel fuller for longer, making it a perfect addition to the Suhoor menu.
3. Halal Kebab Meats (Chicken, Lamb, Beef)
No matter where Muslims are, if one staple unites them all, it’s kebabs. They are a popular choice for Iftar recipes and can be made in several different ways. For instance, shish kebabs are made using ground meat, whereas shawarma is made with grilled lamb or chicken.
Irrespective of which of these halal meats you choose, it will pay to stock up on fresh, quality ingredients when Ramadan is just around the corner.
Another staple of Iftar is chapatis. The nutrient-dense and easy-to-make dish is a perfect way to fill up on some healthy fats and carbs that synthesise and digest quickly. Chapatis can be made from various flours, including whole wheat and even gluten-free options, and are often served with different sides, including curries, soups, chutneys, and pickles.
Therefore, it’s best to stock up on chapati flour (as well as close alternatives) and various traditional accompaniments.
Source All Of Your Ramadan-Friendly Products from Leverbrook Export
There’s no question that while Ramadan is a time of fasting, food spending tends to increase as each evening brings in a new feast to celebrate the breaking of the fast.
No matter where you happen to be based in the world, at Leverbrook Export, we can source and supply your Ramadan-friendly food and drink products. From best-in-class halal meats to delicious treats such as baklava, we have everything you need to best serve your fasting customers.
So call us today on +44 (0) 151 645 3517 with your export query, and we’ll be more than happy to help.